Thirty two swimmers from Seward, Soldotna, Kenai , Anchorage and Homer attended a swim camp this last week (Aug. 2-Aug. 6) at the Seward pool. Ages 9 through 18, these athletes were in training with two renown swim coaches, Tom (TJ) Johnson , head coach of the Cowgirl and Cowboy swimming and diving teams of University of Wyoming and Manabu (Manny) Noguchi, Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at University of Wyoming.
Tom Johnson has been head coach with University of Wyoming for over 14 years , swam at the university 1982 to 1985 and spent one season as assistant coach. In 2004, Wyoming Cowboy, Scot Usher earned a spot on the US Olympic Team and swam to seventh place in the world in the 200 meter break stroke .
Recently, this June, Kelsey Conci, Cowgirl swimmer, made the semifinals of the Olympic Trial events in the 100 back stroke.
Assistant Coach Manny Noguchi has two years with University Wyoming swimming and diving program. Prior distance swim coach at the Michigan State University for 5 years. From Japan, Manny came to the US at the age of 18 to pursue his academic and athletic excellence. In 1996 he was a member of the swimming team that won the California Jr College Championship and has scholar honors from Western State Conference in 1996.
First time to Alaska for both Wyoming coaches, they have been enjoying Seward with fishing, and sightseeing when they have had breaks during the camp.
Ryan O’Leary, a freshman at University Wyoming and a swimmer on their Cowboy team, visited the camp and talked with the swim camp athletes about swimming after high school and training. Ryan was a swimmer for the Seward High School Seahawk swim team and a member of the Tsunami Swim Club since he was a beginner swimmer.
The swim camp was coordinated by the Seward Tsunami Swim Club and sponsored by Seward local businesses Subway, Three Bears, Hertz of Seward and Safeway.
Photos: Coaches TJ and Manny working with the swimmers at camp.
Photos by: M Tougas